It’s our penultimate show of 2019, and as the music industry has more or less shut down for Christmas, we’ve decided to do something a little different and let you ask Steve and Remfry ANY question you like. What artist has caused the biggest divide between Steve and Remfry? What constitutes a typical day for them? Does listening to music for a living take the fun out of listening to it? Are Ginger Nuts the best biscuit to dunk in tea? All the vitally important questions are answered
It’s part 2 of our Albums of the Year 2019, which means we are closer than ever to the inevitable back-tracking of Mr. Stephen Hill and his admission that Weezer’s Teal Album is not only the best album of the year, but quite possibly the best piece of art ever created in the history of mankind.
But will that actually happen or will he default to his usual position and claim that F****d Up’s Dose Your Dreams is in fact the best record of 2019 (despite coming out in 2018). Will Remfry relent and put Dinosaur Pile-Up in his top 20 albums of the year? There’s only one way to find out …
It’s that time of year again, where music journalists tear out their hair (sorry Steve) trying to create a list of their favourite albums of the year and rank them in some sort of immaterial order of preference, despite the fact that the process of weighing up the merits of Bob Mould’s Sunshine Rock against Full of Hell’s Weeping Choir is about as pointless an exercise as asking Kanye West to display a modicum of humility. But hey-ho, here we are again!
This week is part 1, which means Remfry and Steve are counting down their favourite albums from numbers 20 – 11 and there’s also a quick round-up of their favourite EPs of the year too.
Remfry sat down with Johannes Persson, vocalist and guitarist of Swedish post-metal legends Cult of Luna to discuss their latest album ‘A Dawn To Fear’, how the writing for this record differed from the previous few Cult of Luna releases, how Persson’s perception of Umeå, his home town, has changed over the years and his ethics growing up in the hardcore scene.
Steve and Remfry are in a state of befuddlement this week … it must be because it’s our last episode of the year where we’ll be reviewing new releases. Under the microscope for the final review show of 2019 are albums by Beck, Lindemann, Cattle Decapitation and Misery Loves Co.
There are also live reviews of PUP, Sick of it All, Ghost and A Celebration of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis and trade-off features Fall Out Boy and Catch.
We’re constantly striving to push the boundaries on Riot Act, by bringing you the latest and greatest music from the world of alternative music. So this week, we’re proud to present … errr Coldplay … sorry about that.
But worry not, there are also reviews of the new ‘film’ by Slayer, plus reviews of albums by DJ Shadow, Sleep Token and Bellevue Days. There’s also talk about the unwarranted Mötley Crüe reunion, band announcements for Download and 2000Trees festivals and a special mention for an absolutely spectacular wedding party.
Ding-dong merrily on high you bah-humbugging nincompoops, it’s Jesus’s birthday soon and that can only mean one thing. Yes that’s right, the alternative music Christmas quiz of the year is back as Riot Act’s Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman lead a veritable feast of guests through their paces, putting their knowledge of insignificant musical trivia to the test (circa 2019).
This year, we’re letting you lot come along and celebrate the year in music with us. We’re recording the show at Oxford House in Bethnal Green on Monday 9th December. Come and get festive with us mothertruckers!
It’s part 2 of our end-of-year catch up and this week, Steve’s curated a compelling and varied list of musical artistes including Health, Show Me The Body, Snow Ghosts, Port Noir, Ashbringer, Life of Agony, Throes, JPEGMafia, Kim Gordon and Nile.
Also this week, Remfry went to see Fever 333, Steve went to see Leprous, there’s a discussion about The Ghost Inside’s big comeback show at Brixton Academy and for the first time, possibly ever, the guys say something bad about Tool.
Remfry is joined by three excellent guests, Serena Cherry (of Svalbard), Jo Quail and A.A. Williams, to discuss Japanese instrumental quartet MONO and the impact they have had over 20 years as a band. The panel discuss the dynamics of MONO’s music and the influence it has had on each member of the panel, which then leads into a broader discussion about instrumental music, showmanship and the difference between practise and performance.
MONO curate a 20th anniversary event in London called ‘Beyond the Past’; three gigs across two days which will feature performances from Svalbard, Jo Quail and A.A. Williams as well as Boris, Envy, Årabrot, Alcest, Nordic Giants, Floating Spectrum and of course, MONO. The shows take place 13th – 14th December at Oval Space, Barbican and Village Underground in London and tickets are available here.
It’s a mammoth week in Riot Act land as we begin part one or a two part catch up end of year spectacular. This time around, we’ve decided to split the catch-up picks between our two hosts and this week it’s Remfry’s turn to bring in records he feels we should have covered on the show this year. His picks are Julia Jacklin, Weyes Blood, Numenorean, Pile, The Callous Daoboys, Lightning Dust, Fink, Norma Jean, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Schammasch.
But before all that, Steve and Remfry discuss the reformations of My Chemical Romance and Rage Against the Machine, plus there are live reviews of a plethora of shows, including Opeth, Thrice & Refused, Creeper, Imperial Triumphant, Terror and Machine Head.